San Juan Mayor wore a shirt dissing Trump during a television interview
There's a problem with performative liberalism. Of course, it's tempting to rally behind every symbolic little protest offered by liberals and centrists against Donald Trump. It's tempting to think that calling oneself a 'Nasty Woman' is a sick burn against the President, or that wearing a p*ssy hat is a major act of rebellion. Rather, these cultural signifiers are little more than that - cultural signifiers. They're red meat for the liberal base, the same way that Trump's tweets are red meat for his conservative base.
There is no argument in calling oneself a 'Nasty Woman'. In fact, it's not even clear what one means. It's not a position. Is it a callback to the Presidential debates, and a show of sympathy and solidarity for Hillary Clinton, when she was called it by Trump? Is it separate from Clinton, and instead a callback to the Women's March from January? Is it a Democrat slogan? An anti-Trump slogan? A feminist slogan? Or is it just all of these, a big mushy pile of ideas meant to simply say: Trump is a sexist?
The mayor of San Juan has worn a shirt that reads 'NASTY in an interview, prompting every social media site to write about it and instigating another pointless beef between Trump and a civil servant. Remember the Khan family? Yeah, that beef went nowhere too.
Of course, this all stems from Trump's slow response to the Puerto Rican disaster, where 10,000 homes were obliterated by a hurricane. For a few days, it seemed that Trump was taking a slow pivot, instead preferring to discuss athletes taking a knee in sports games. Trump, like the liberals that oppose him, is obsessed with these cultural signifiers. It's political death - it doesn't mean anything, but it's all being pumped up to avoid any discussion of policy. Trump does it because he doesn't care about policy.
After being chided for his slow response, Trump got a chip on his shoulder, and a lot to prove. This possibly explains his erratic and selfish behavior in Puerto Rico, where he compared the damage to Hurricane Katrina, arguing that it was not a "real disaster" even through it clearly was.
Trump aired his frustrations on Twitter:
So, the mayor of San Juan donned a NASTY shirt in response. What will come of this? Well, nothing. Absolutely nothing. It isn't really news. It's entertainment. No media outlet can distinguish between the two. Such is the force of Trump, in blending media, entertainment and politics into one unholy stew.
Are you a nasty woman? Do you find solidarity in that phrase? Do you feel that it's meaningful? Sound off! Let Mark Zuckerberg retain your conversations for further use.
A year from now, it'll be election season again. That's right, another election with Donald Trump in it. And this time he has the Presidency to wield as his defense. It's not going to be pretty. How distorted will both Trump and the news coverage become? Really not looking forward to it.